call

When you call, you shout or cry out so that someone can hear you. You might call to a bicyclist who's veering dangerously into traffic.

You can call to your friend across the street, or call him on the phone, and you can also call your new puppy Jack. Your boss might call for new rules about how much time employees take for lunch — in other words, order or instruct her workers. A call can also mean a shout or a phone call — or the decision an umpire makes during a baseball game. The Old English root is ceallian, "to shout."

Definitions of call
  1. verb
    utter a sudden loud cry
    synonyms: cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
    call out, cry, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout
    utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
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    hollo
    cry hollo
    hurrah
    shout `hurrah!'
    halloo
    shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention
    whoop
    shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm
    pipe, pipe up, shriek, shrill
    utter a shrill cry
    howl, roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
    emit long loud cries
    screak, screech, skreak, skreigh, squawk
    utter a harsh abrupt scream
    caterwaul, yowl
    utter shrieks, as of cats
    squall, waul, wawl
    make high-pitched, whiney noises
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    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  2. verb
    utter a characteristic note or cry
    “bluejays called to one another”
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    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  3. verb
    lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
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    entice, lure, tempt
    provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
  4. verb
    utter in a loud voice or announce
    “He called my name”
    “The auctioneer called the bids”
    Synonyms:
    cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
    utter a sudden loud cry
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    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  5. verb
    rouse somebody from sleep with a call
    “I was called at 5 A.M. this morning”
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    arouse, awaken, rouse, wake, wake up, waken
    cause to become awake or conscious
  6. verb
    send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message
    “Hawaii is calling!”
    “A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling
    Synonyms:
    call up, phone, ring, telephone
    get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
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    telecommunicate
    communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
  7. verb
    get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
    “I tried to call you all night”
    “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning”
    synonyms: call up, phone, ring, telephone
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    cell phone
    call up by using a cellular phone
    call in
    make a phone call
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    telecommunicate
    communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
  8. verb
    read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
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    read
    look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
  9. verb
    give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
    synonyms: call off
  10. noun
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
    synonyms: cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
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    bellow, bellowing, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, roar, roaring, yowl
    a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
    blue murder
    an extravagantly loud outcry
    catcall
    a cry expressing disapproval
    clamor, clamoring, clamour, clamouring, hue and cry
    loud and persistent outcry from many people
    halloo
    a shout to attract attention
    hoot
    a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)
    hosanna
    a cry of praise or adoration (to God)
    noise
    a loud outcry of protest or complaint
    scream, screaming, screech, screeching, shriek, shrieking
    sharp piercing cry
    whoop
    a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement
    battle cry, rallying cry, war cry, war whoop
    a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle
    shouting, yelling
    uttering a loud inarticulate cry as of pain or excitement
    yodel
    a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto
    Bronx cheer, bird, boo, hiss, hoot, raspberry, razz, razzing, snort
    a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
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    utterance, vocalization
    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  11. noun
    the characteristic sound produced by a bird
    synonyms: birdcall, birdsong, song
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    bell-like call
    a birdcall that resembles the tone of a bell
    two-note call
    a birdcall having two notes
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    animal communication
    communication between animals (of the same species)
  12. noun
    a telephone connection
    “she reported several anonymous calls
    “he placed a phone call to London”
    “he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call
    synonyms: phone call, telephone call
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    call-back
    a return call
    collect call
    a telephone call that the receiving party is asked to pay for
    call-in
    a telephone call to a radio station or a television station in which the caller participates in the on-going program
    crank call
    a hostile telephone call (from a crank)
    local call
    a telephone call made within a local calling area
    long distance, long-distance call, trunk call
    a telephone call made outside the local calling area
    conference call
    a telephone call in which more than two people participate
    wake-up call
    a telephone call that you request be made a specific time in order to wake you up at that time (especially in hotels)
    toll call
    a long-distance telephone call at charges above a local rate
    three-way calling
    a way of adding a third party to your conversation without the assistance of a telephone operator
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    telephone, telephony
    transmitting speech at a distance
  13. verb
    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
    synonyms: name
    address
    greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
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    baptise, baptize, christen
    administer baptism to
    refer
    use a name to designate
    style, title
    designate by an identifying term
    dub, nickname
    give a nickname to
    rename
    assign a new name to
    entitle, title
    give a title to
    term
    name formally or designate with a term
    tag
    provide with a name or nickname
    proclaim
    declare formally; declare someone to be something; of titles
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    label
    assign a label to; designate with a label
  14. verb
    greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
    “She calls him by first name”
    synonyms: address
    name
    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
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    address, turn to
    speak to
  15. verb
    ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality
    “She called her children lazy and ungrateful”
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    name
    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
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    miscall, misname
    assign in incorrect name to
    brand, post
    mark or expose as infamous
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    label
    assign a label to; designate with a label
  16. verb
    consider or regard as being
    “I would not call her beautiful”
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    consider, reckon, regard, see, view
    deem to be
  17. verb
    indicate a decision in regard to
    call balls and strikes behind the plate”
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    indicate
    state or express briefly
  18. verb
    declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
    call a runner out”
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    adjudge, declare, hold
    declare to be
  19. verb
    make a prediction about; tell in advance
    synonyms: anticipate, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
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    read
    interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
    outguess, second-guess
    attempt to anticipate or predict
    augur
    predict from an omen
    bet, wager
    maintain with or as if with a bet
    calculate, forecast, project
    predict in advance
    prophesy, vaticinate
    predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
    scry
    divine by gazing into crystals
    vaticinate
    foretell through or as if through the power of prophecy
    enlighten, irradiate
    give spiritual insight to; in religion
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    guess, hazard, pretend, venture
    put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
  20. noun
    (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
    “he was ejected for protesting the call
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    conclusion, decision, determination
    the act of making up your mind about something
  21. verb
    order or request or give a command for
    “The unions called a general strike for Sunday”
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    order
    make a request for something
  22. verb
    order, request, or command to come
    “She was called into the director's office”
    synonyms: send for
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    cite, summon, summons
    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    beep
    call, summon, or alert with a beeper
    call back, recall
    summon to return
    call in
    summon to a particular activity or employment
    lift
    call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
    muster
    call to duty, military service, jury duty, etc.
    hail
    call for
    summon
    ask to come
    call up, mobilise, mobilize, rally
    call to arms; of military personnel
    page
    contact, as with a pager or by calling somebody's name over a P.A. system
    vouch
    summon (a vouchee) into court to warrant or defend a title
    buzz
    call with a buzzer
    convene, convoke
    call together
    beckon
    summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
    demand
    summon to court
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    enjoin, order, say, tell
    give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
  23. verb
    order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role
    “He was already called 4 times for jury duty”
    “They called him to active military duty”
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    send for
    order, request, or command to come
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    request
    ask (a person) to do something
  24. verb
    call a meeting; invite or command to meet
    “The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'”
    “The new dean calls meetings every week”
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    send for
    order, request, or command to come
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  25. verb
    make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
    “He called his trump”
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    raise
    bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
    double
    bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit)
    outcall
    make a higher bid than (the previous bid or player); in a card game
    underbid
    bid (a hand of cards) at less than the strength of the hand warrants
    outbid
    bid over an opponent's bid when one's partner has not bid or doubled
    overbid
    to bid for more tricks than one can expect to win,
    preempt
    make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge
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    play
    participate in games or sport
  26. verb
    require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
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    call in
    demand payment of (a loan)
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    ask, expect, require
    consider obligatory; request and expect
  27. verb
    demand payment of (a loan)
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    demand, exact
    claim as due or just
  28. verb
    challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
    call the speaker on a question of fact”
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    challenge, dispute, gainsay
    take exception to
  29. verb
    challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense
    “He deserves to be called on that”
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    challenge, dispute, gainsay
    take exception to
  30. noun
    a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
    synonyms: claim
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    demand
    an urgent or peremptory request
  31. noun
    a demand for a show of hands in a card game
    “after two raises there was a call
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    demand
    an urgent or peremptory request
  32. noun
    a request
    “many calls for Christmas stories”
    “not many calls for buggywhips”
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    recall
    a call to return
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    asking, request
    the verbal act of requesting
  33. noun
    an instruction that interrupts the program being executed
    “Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed”
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    function call
    a call that passes control to a subroutine; after the subroutine is executed control returns to the next instruction in main program
    supervisor call instruction, system call
    an instruction that interrupts the program being executed and passes control to the supervisor
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    command, instruction, program line, statement
    (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
  34. noun
    the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
    synonyms: call option
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    put, put option
    the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
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    option
    the right to buy or sell property at an agreed price; the right is purchased and if it is not exercised by a stated date the money is forfeited
  35. noun
    a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
    synonyms: margin call
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    demand
    an urgent or peremptory request
  36. verb
    pay a brief visit
    “The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens”
    synonyms: call in, visit
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    see
    go to see for professional or business reasons
    see
    go to see for a social visit
    come by, drop by, drop in
    visit informally and spontaneously
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    get together, meet
    get together socially or for a specific purpose
  37. verb
    make a stop in a harbour
    “The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow”
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    call in, visit
    pay a brief visit
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    stop, stop over
    interrupt a trip
  38. noun
    a visit in an official or professional capacity
    “the pastor's calls on his parishioners”
    “the salesman's call on a customer”
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    round
    (often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order)
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    visit
    the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity
  39. noun
    a brief social visit
    “senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers”
    “the characters in Henry James' novels are forever paying calls on each other, usually in the parlor of some residence”
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    visit
    the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time
  40. verb
    stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
    call a football game”
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